One Kensington opened yesterday at number one Kensington High Street within a Grade II listed, late Gothic revival Victorian building constructed in 1885 for the London and County Bank.
The menu is designed to suit an international palate and dishes have been created by executive chef Massimiliano Blasone, formerly of Nikita Malibu and Apsleys at The Lanesborough, where he was awarded a Michelin star after just four months.
So what can we expect? Starters include Loin of venison with salsify and pistachio, Poached salmon with beetroot and cucumber, Beef tartare with rocket, pappa al pomodoro and grana padano and Pea soup with lobster and quinoa. Mains feature Entrecôte with carrots, black pepper sauce and ‘pommes frites’, Scallops with asparagus, papaya and grilled pumpkin, Veal schnitzel with fennel, orange and red cabbage and Mediterranean salt crust sea bass with vegetable ratatouille.
B3 Designers is behind the interiors and the team has made full use of original architectural features such as the high carved vaulted ceilings, double height windows and expansive wood panelling. Vibrant turquoise leather upholstery completes the look.
The venue also boasts a long bar together with an elevated Champagne table with views over the park towards Kensington Palace. Called the John Tann table, it is named after a famous 19th century safe maker. Rather randomly, one of his creations was uncovered during the refurbishment.